TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: New Zealand will target a repeat of 1999 heroics

TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: New Zealand will target a repeat of their 1999 heroics, when they turned a 1-0 deficit into a series victory… while James Anderson extends his lead at the top of Trent Bridge’s Test wicket-taking list

  • New Zealand took a 2-1 series win in England in 1999 despite losing the first Test 
  • Their fine opening partnership of 84 was the highest at Trent Bridge since 2005 
  • James Anderson is now 29 wickets clear at the top of the ground’s all-time list 

New Zealand have moved into a commanding position in their second Test against England after building up a superb stand for their fifth wicket.

The hosts were guilty of several sloppy drops and, despite managing to get the ball to move late on, already find themselves facing a battle against the odds.

Here, Sportsmail‘s LAWRENCE BOOTH takes a statistical look at the facts, figures, quirks and anomalies after the day’s play at Trent Bridge…

Daryl Mitchell hit another half-century as New Zealand took a commanding second Test lead

If New Zealand are to win this series, they will need to emulate their achievement in England in 1999, when they turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory. It remains the only time they have come from behind to win a Test series.

The 84 put on by Tom Latham and Will Young was the highest opening partnership in a Trent Bridge Test since Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss began with 105 against Australia in 2005.

James Anderson extended his lead at the top of Trent Bridge’s Test wicket-taking list, and now has 70 at 19 apiece – a full 29 clear of Stuart Broad and Alec Bedser.

James Anderson moved further clear at the top of Trent Bridge’s wicket-taking list, however

After Daryl Mitchell knocked over a woman’s pint of cider in the members’ enclosure, the New Zealand team bought her a replacement drink. A photograph of Susan and her new drink later appeared on the Barmy Army’s Twitter feed.




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